H-2 Freeway northbound reopens after suspicious brush fires

Honolulu firefighters dealt with several brush fires that stretched over four miles next to the H-2 Freeway Monday afternoon.

Eight companies and 24 firefighters answered the first alarm that came in at 2 p.m.

Multiple calls reported six to eight individual fires of various sizes along the northbound span of the freeway from Pearl City to the Ka Uka Boulevard off-ramp.

All fires were brought under control and fully extinguished by 2:30 p.m. No property or people were endangered.


Officials say the fires are suspicious in nature due to the multiple ignition points and is under investigation. The cause has not been determined at this time.

“It looked like three or four then combined into one. It would seem suspicious that they all started progressively heading up north on H-2 and the largest was the one that started first, the second was smaller in a confined area, then the other was probably the smallest,” said fire chief Alan Carvalho. “We try to look for any evidence, if there was anybody around. In this case, there wasn’t anybody around.”

The fire burned an estimated two to three acres of brush.

Police had earlier blocked off all northbound lanes on the H-2 where it meets with the H-1 Freeway.

Viewer video showed flames were dangerously close to the road.

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